2021 Special Focus—The Opportunities of Crisis: Resilience and Change in World History

It will be 20 years since the epoch-defining events of September 11, 2001. These actions caused a fracture; the world for a moment was torn apart. But rising out of this terrible devastation also came an incredible outpouring of collaboration, a renewed sense of community, and a dedication to building a better, more peaceful world.

The special focus of the Sixteenth International Conference on Interdisciplinary Social Sciences will address issues that have come to the fore in the 21st Century: conflict resolution, humanitarian action, peacebuilding, human rights, and community resilience. As the pressures from the climate emergency, new forms of conflict, rising nationalism, resource scarcity, and campaigns of disinformation continue to grow, we will need to become adept at navigating new social structures and understand a new cultural landscape.

Scholars are invited to contribute papers that will help frame the critical discourses of this era, especially in the face of increasingly insular nationalism, tribal thought, and weaponized narratives. We will be examining issues such as: how to address forced migration and refugee crises during a time of climate displacement; building cultural resilience while maintaining global connectivity; productive communication in a “post-truth” era; how to promote human rights in the face of extremism; understanding how to address acts of symbolic violence and how they impact communities; how to rebuild communities shattered through conflict or disaster; and how to best serve vulnerable groups in emergency settings.

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